001 - Following Your Passion

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I must have launched and relaunched a blog at least a few dozen times in the course of my photography career. But here goes version 3.947371. 

 

I've thought for a long time about what I want this space to be about. I launched this blog recently with the intention of this being a space for photography tips and know-how. I still intend on creating a space like that, but I wasn't feeling very inspired by the posts I had planned. 

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In the commercial world of buzzwords, SEO optimization, and quickly digestible content, I'm still trying to find a middle ground for creativity. I want to create content that isn't just based off of keywords. Don't worry, I will still do those types of posts. I just want to infuse it with meaning too. Maybe that lies in the type of content I output, I haven't decided yet. But I do know that I want to tell a story. I want to tell you guys my story, the story of a girl with a camera. 

 

I've been a photographer for almost 6 years. I've created a lot of content for many different types of companies. I'm at a point in my career now where I really have to ask myself, what kind of content do I want to produce? & to be perfectly honest with you guys, I have no idea. I have a lot of ongoing projects that I'm very excited about, but the question of creating work that is definitively me, I'm not sure if I've tapped into it yet. That's why I'm opening up this space for me to be able to explore that. I want this space to be a documentation of my journey as I learn more about what the photograph means to me. If you guys look at these photos, both the subject matter + editing style is rather different from the usual high contrast desaturation look that I do. That's intentional. I went up to the bay for a few weeks to recharge my soul and spend time with family. During this period of rest, I've realized that there's still so much about photography that I don't know.

 

I want this to be a space where I find out. And I want to share this journey with you guys. 

 

Following your passion is not easy. I've been doing it for about 6 years and I'm still not at a place where I feel like this is my stopping point. I thought that moment might've been standing in the Miu Miu show in Paris Couture week photographing Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, but here I am sitting at a coffee shop typing this to you guys and wondering what's next. 

 

I don't really know what's next. But I'm excited to learn more and share with you guys every step of the way. Here are a few steps this week that I'm taking to follow my passion, to build my business and learn more about my craft: 

 

1. Reach out (to people in the industry)- The first habit in 7 Habits of Highly Successful People is to be proactive. Rather than waiting for things to come to you, go out and get them for yourself. Reach out and plant as many seeds as you can, because the more seeds you plant, the more fruit you'll bear. This week I'm reaching out to people I want to learn from and companies that I want to work for. And when you guys reach out, it's important to not do it with the expectation that it will always go anywhere. I don't like the model of "hit and misses," I prefer to think of everything as ongoing conversations and timing--that takes the pressure off.

2. Read more (about your craft and more) - I believe in constant learning. Every day is an opportunity to better yourself and learn something new. I'm currently reading Steven King's On Writing and How to Read a Book. Learn about your craft, yes, but I also believe in learning things outside of your craft to broaden your horizons. The more you grow personally, the more your body of work will grow as well. 

3. Rest (and relax) - Rome wasn't built in a day. I like using this to think about in terms of my career. Some days are going to be a bit more productive than others. It's important to remember pacing and today I might have built an entire atrium, but some days will feel like I've only stacked a brick. But it's okay, because rome wasn't built in a day. 

 

Thank you all for being patient, and I'm so excited to share this next part of my journey with you! Share with me in the comments below your thoughts or what tips you abide by in following your passion-- I'd love to hear from you all! 

 

- Karen